Ensuring Food and Feed Quality and Safety with XRF

In our online seminars in May and June, we discussed the importance of elemental analysis in the worlds of human food and animal feed production. The audience enjoyed entertaining, yet informative, live video presentations followed by lively, interactive discussions. Our experts covered various topics, including application examples for forages, pig feed, crop growing, infant formula, palm oil, and much more. We showed our X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) spectrometers live-in-action and provided valuable tips and tricks for sample preparation. We received questions during the event from both XRF experts and novices, and the feedback we received was extraordinary!


If you are working in food, feed or agriculture and need to know the mineral nutrient and/or trace element concentration in your samples or products, XRF might be the right tool for you. Whether you are working in R&D or on the production side, XRF comes with numerous benefits to make your life easier and your customers (both of the two-legged and four-legged variety) happier.


Curious to learn more or catch up on what you missed? Click here to view the recording of our 70-min online seminar, including Q&A, and download the presentation.

Argon Detection in Powder Metallurgy Hot Isostatic Pressing Products – New ISO 5842 Standard

Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) is a process that simultaneously uses high pressure and temperature to improve a material's mechanical properties and workability by reducing the porosity and increasing the density. HIP is applied to many materials, including metal alloys and ceramics. The HIP process is used as a post-printing step for high-quality additive manufactured parts, but also to build a wide variety of components directly, by a near-net-shape powder metallurgic process (PM-HIP). The material produced by PM-HIP is corrosion-resistant and withstands high pressure. This article describes problems that can arise when argon is used as a pressure medium, a new ISO 5842 standard for argon detection, and the G8 GALILEO MS, the only commercially available instrument for measuring argon that's compliant with ISO 5842.


Distributor in the Spotlight – Blue Scientific Limited

Blue Scientific Limited is a premium partner of Bruker AXS. Based in Cambridge, Blue Scientific has staff throughout the UK and Nordic region, including a team of factory-trained service engineers. The company also recently opened a new demo laboratory in Alderley Park, Cheshire. Directors of the company, Dr. Stephen Badger and Tom Warwick, have wide experience in managing the business in the UK and Nordic region, along with other analytical instruments for various manufacturers. Stephen joined Blue Scientific after his time as EVP Global Sales at Bruker Nano Surfaces. Tom previously worked as Managing Director for Europe at Veeco, heading global sales of Veeco’s metrology division. Blue Scientific’s success comes from a strong, results-oriented philosophy, which is communicated to customers, employees, and stakeholders. The company invests in its staff and prides itself on development and transparency, which is evidenced in employee testimonials. Blue Scientific has a foundation of strong corporate ethics and owns the complete customer experience to make sure customers are well-informed throughout the process. Blue Scientific Limited is our partner in UK for Micro-CT (X-ray microscopy) and in the Nordic region (Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland) for Micro-CT, X-ray structural analysis (XRD, SC-XRD), and elemental analysis (XRF, OES, CGA). For any inquiry, email info@blue-scientific.com or contact them via their website.


The Importance of Modern Software for Process Automation

In many industries, quick decisions must be made based on rock-solid analytical results, ensuring smooth processes and cost-optimized high-quality production. Be it in pharma, steel, refractories, or cement, discarding a production batch due to poor-quality raw materials, or contamination along the production line, can result in significant financial losses. The ideal analytical instrument therefore not only needs to meet requirements for precision and accuracy, but it also has to be highly reliable and easy to use. This requires optimal teamwork between the instrument’s hardware components and software, with benefits to the user in mind. We at Bruker know how important software is – for the instrument’s performance and usability – and therefore continuously enhance our software products with new releases. And our SPECTRA.ELEMENTS V3 software, Bruker’s unified X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) platform for the S2 PUMA Series 2, S2 POLAR, and S6 JAGUAR, is no exception. Are you working with a previous version of SPECTRA.ELEMENTS? Reach out to our service department to discuss an upgrade.



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